Still living in the same white farmhouse where she grew up, Curry watched those closest to her leave - her parents by tragic death, her husband to war, and her best friend, Tom, who walked away because he couldn't deal with being left alive. Then one day, without warning, Tom returns. Curry appears as down to earth as she ever was, but her survival has come at a cost, and now it's up to Tom to help Curry reopen her heart to life's joy.
In Oregon's timber country, inside a smoky bar, stands proprietor Tory Duncan. Once a hair's breadth from the Miss America crown, she's still just as beautiful and still searching for happiness. Joe Brigham, a forthright and handsome man from a logging family, divorced, and father of one, regards her with a love deep and pure. But trading in her search for an uncertain future, no matter the joy Joe promises to provide, seems more than Tory can afford.
Head writer for daytime's only historical romantic soap opera, small-town girl Jenny Cotton is on top of the world. But she can't seem to write herself out of a difficult relationship until actor Alec Cameron walks onto the set. Alec survived a big-budget TV flop with the same "good guy" courage that got him out of a failed marriage. But no matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to hide his wounds from writer Jenny.
In a small Minnesota mining town, young Krissa is sheltered from her violent father by Danny, the brother she idolizes. Danny, a budding musician, is determined to escape with his sister in tow. When the pair finally succeed, they meet Quinn, a privileged and wealthy college student. Drawn together by a passion for music, Danny and Quinn set up a successful pop group. As their stars begin to rise, Danny falls in love with fame, and Quinn and Krissa fall in love with each other.